Kelvin Gastelum has definitely made some waves fighting at middleweight, but following his loss at UFC on FOX 25, he hopes to return to 170.
Due to Gastelum’s well documented issues making 170 pounds, the former TUF winner has been competing at 185 over the last year. During that time, the talented fighter defeated middleweight contenders in Tim Kennedy and Vitor Belfort (the stoppage win over Belfort was overturned to a no-contest, however, after Gastelum tested positive for marijuana).
As a result, Gastelum was booked to fight former middleweight champ, Chris Weidman, last night. Although Gastelum tagged Weidman with a huge left early on, the latter went on to score a third round, submission win.
Well, after the bout, Gastelum was of course, asked about his future at 185, and here’s what he had to say (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I feel like 170 is my home,” Gastelum said. “I feel like I need to reassess some things (and) change my lifestyle up a little bit. I’m already planning on going to (Las) Vegas to the UFC (Performance) Institute. They have great dietitians there that I’m going to be working with and strength and conditioning coaches that I’m going to be working with. I think my next fight should be 170.”
Gastelum certainly had his moments last night, but the size and strength advantage of Weidman was pretty apparent. Gastelum’s no slouch when it comes to wrestling, but Weidman took him down repeatedly. In fact, after the bout, Gastelum also relayed that Weidman “felt really big, he felt really strong.” So, a return to welterweight seems like the right move.
Of course, this assumes that Gastelum can make the necessary changes that he alluded to, so he can consistently cut down to 170. Gastelum might be a fighter who should be fighting somewhere in between 170 and 185, but for right now, that’s not an option.
UFC on FOX 25 took place in Long Island, New York.